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Who will vet the First Lady? It's Michelle vs. Michelle, Round 2. *** Michelle Obama's "Civilian" Act Is Hard To Swallow by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2012 The first lady of the United States is on a whirlwind publicity tour for her hefty new food and gardening book ($30), which the White House hopes... Read More
I just read a very bizarre blog post about entrenched incumbent Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch by Fox News anchor Greta van Susteren and then watched an equally distressing interview van Susteren conducted last night with Sarah Palin regarding Hatch. First, the title of van Susteren's blog post: "Is someone trying to manipulate the UTAH Tea... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti *** AmeriCorps's favorite scandal-plagued mayor by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2011 Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, FOTO (Friend of the Obamas) A prominent Democratic politician who had been banned from receiving federal aid three years ago over fraud charges is once again raking in government funds from the very same program... Read More
Chart h/t Doug Ross America, the Dependent by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2011 So much for the new era of fiscal responsibility. The federal government's dependency drones have been spared the chopping block. After vowing to eliminate funding for President Obama's bloated $6 billion AmeriCorps social justice army, House Republicans retreated -- and will... Read More
Ya seen one. Ya seen 'em all.
Every government jobs training program is a boondoggle. It's inevitable. See my post here for a brief, waste-clogged history of federal and local jobs initiatives that use taxpayer funds to redistribute unemployment. The latest example comes from our nation's capital, where they are paying youth jobs enrollees to go to the City Council...to lobby for... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti Wanna get depressed instantly? Read this. And an even more depressing reminder: Only 14 Senate Republicans opposed Obama's massive expansion of the national service boondoggle. God save us from bipartisanship.
Back on June 12, I detected Michelle Obama's fingerprints all over the Americorps IG scandal and flagged the First Lady's former chief of staff-turned-Americorps senior adviser, Jackie Norris. So, this is no surprise via Byron York: Congressional investigators looking into the abrupt firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin have discovered that the head of... Read More
Big Government has a treasure trove of ACORN docs dumped to cover the criminal racket's tracks before Jerry Brown launched a pretend probe. The Washington Examiner's Byron York has the goods on the Americorps IG scandal and exploding sex scandal involving Obama crony/Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, DC schools chief Michelle Rhee, and Team Obama. Hey,... Read More
Scroll down for updates...Balzano and other SEIU executives in Allentown PA quit over Boy Scout thuggery... Photoshop credit: American Power My column today provides context for the SEIU bullying of Boy Scouts in Allentown, Pa. As you'll see, there's a long history of Big Labor thuggery against volunteers who threaten the union racket. On a... Read More
On Monday, I spotlighted SEIU thuggery in Allentown, Pa., over a Boy Scout's volunteer work. SEIU's Nick Balzano threatened to file a grievance when a teenager pursuing his Eagle Scout badge contributed too much free labor clearing walking paths and improving his neighborhood. The story, first published in The Morning Call, was picked up by... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti The White House railroaded and smeared Americorps watchdog Gerald Walpin. Now, Walpin has been cleared of any wrongdoing in his pursuit of taxpayer fraud and abuse by Obama crony mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson. The Obama FBI has conveniently shut down a probe of Johnson's fiscal shenanigans, of course. (Just like... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti The volunteerism scandals Hollywood won’t be broadcasting by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2009 Hollywood hearts Obama. Obama hearts government-directed national service. That is why you won’t be able to change the TV channel all week without getting lectured about the need to get off the couch and Do Something. (After... Read More
Learn and Serve.
How are President Obama's national service grants being used? To train the next generation of union organizers, of course. From the "Learn and Serve Clearinghouse" of lesson plans and curricular materials funded with taxpayer-subsidized service grants, here's a course study in collective bargaining taught at the L.A. Unified School District (hat tip: @natlanthem): A Collective... Read More
One nation, under O...
As if I needed any more evidence to bolster today's column about the Obama junior lobbyist campaign in America's schools, here's another item fresh from the headlines in Utah: A school principal has apologized for showing a video at an assembly that a politically conservative group leader is calling "radical, leftist propaganda." Children at Eagle... Read More
President Obama told a student reporter last month that he would be making an address to schoolchildren on September 8: ServiceWire has the announcement and broadcast schedule for the speech. The Daily Paul picked up the story last week and linked to teachers' manuals pegged to Obama's address, which have now been linked on Drudge.... Read More
Matthew Vadum reports that Obama's left-wing allies are preparing plans to re-brand 9/11 as a national service/eco-zealot propaganda day. Really: The Obama White House is behind a cynical, coldly calculated political effort to erase the meaning of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks from the American psyche and convert Sept. 11 into a day of... Read More
Maybe Michelle Obama will hire this grievance-mongerer to replace the fired Americorps inspector general. Via the NYPost: I'll have to re-read the Declaration of Independence. I could have sworn it didn't say "Life, liberty, and a guaranteed job upon college graduation."
Stacy McCain updates the story that the Obama administration wants to go away:
(See update on Sanford fiasco here...) So, South Carolina GOP Gov. Mark Sanford disappeared and the story of where the hell he has been keeps changing. Yes, it's weird. Disturbingly weird that he would vanish on Father's Day weekend and leave his wife and four sons in the dark. It's weird and creepy and something's... Read More
The left-wingers don't like anyone who calls Michelle Obama what she is -- the First Crony. Media Matters is up in arms over my chat with America's Morning News anchors Melanie Morgan and John McCaslin last week about the First Lady's meddling in the AmeriCrooks scandal. Here's what I said: *** And as expected: No... Read More
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti Well, well, well. Michelle, Michelle, Michelle. Guess where the First Lady will be on Monday? Why, she'll be delivering the keynote address at the 2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in San Francisco. And who is co-sponsoring the conference? Why, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)! Yes, that's... Read More
Waste. Fraud. Abuse. SHHHHHH!
Scroll down for updates... Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti My syndicated column today digs further into Obama's AmeriCorruption. We now have the White House in full Chicago thug mode -- maligning fired AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin as "confused" and "disoriented." Yep, that was the response after Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill weighed in and pronounced herself... Read More
Slush fund.
Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti Spend, spend, spend -- and no one to watch over all this new AmeriCorps spending. The Obamas wouldn't have it any other way: The Corporation for National and Community Service's announcement today of the winners of the 2009 grant competition brings the number of AmeriCorps members who should be in place... Read More
Culture of corruption.
President Obama is hoping you won't notice his abrupt change of inspectors general over at Americorps, the government-run, taxpayer-subsidized "community service" boondoggle (which Republicans helped expand as part of the $6 billion GIVE/SERVE Act in March despite its wasteful track record. Thanks, Republicans). With intervention from Michelle Obama, the Americorps inspector general was given the... Read More
The community organizer-in-chief will sign the $6 billion GIVE/SERVE legislation today. Just a reminder that only 14 Republican Senators voted against the massive national service expansion. And some good perspective from John Miller:
Big government bedfellows.
God save us from bipartisanship, part 99,995,857. GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch, co-sponsor of the $6 billion GIVE/SERVE boondoggle, has dedicated the Big Government Trojan Horse to Ted Kennedy: (
I'm scheduled to talk about the GIVE/SERVE Act on Glenn Beck's show at around 5:30pm Eastern. (Update: Watch the vid at Hot Air.) Quin Hilyer takes a closer look at the creepy national service expansion plans in today's DC Examiner, and posts an update on one troublesome provision: Alas, every last cent of the $6... Read More
Dissent.
Depressing fact of the day: Only 14 Senate Republicans voted against cloture on the $6 billion national service GIVE/SERVE boondoggle. Here are the fiscally responsible 14: Brownback (R-KS) Bunning (R-KY) Coburn (R-OK) Crapo (R-ID) DeMint (R-SC) Ensign (R-NV) Inhofe (R-OK) Kyl (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Risch (R-ID) Roberts (R-KS) Sessions (R-AL) Shelby (R-AL) Thune (R-SD) Not... Read More
My syndicated column today looks at the massive expansion of government-funded "national service." Debate began yesterday in the Senate, where the $6 billion SERVE Act's primary co-sponsors are Sens. Ted Kennedy and...Orrin Hatch. And there's the rub. Since its inception, AmeriCorps has been a bipartisan-supported beast. The Evil Party and the Stupid Party strike again.... Read More
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